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    About this Course

    The BIG-IP Application Security Manager course gives participants a functional understanding of how to deploy, tune, and operate BIG-IP Application Security Manager (ASM) to protect their web applications from HTTP-based attacks. The course includes lecture, hands-on labs, and discussion about different ASM components for detecting and mitigating threats from multiple attack vectors such web scraping, Layer 7 Denial of Service, brute force, bots, code injection, and zero day exploits.

    Audience Profile

    This course is intended for security and network administrators who will be responsible for the installation, deployment, tuning, and day-to-day maintenance of the Application Security Manager.

    At Course Completion


    Lesson 1 : Setting Up the BIG-IP System

    • Introducing the BIG-IP System
    • Initially Setting Up the BIG-IP System
    • Archiving the BIG-IP System Configuration
    • Leveraging F5 Support Resources and Tools

    Lesson 2 : Traffic Processing with BIG-IP

    • Identifying BIG-IP Traffic Processing Objects
    • Overview of Network Packet Flow
    • Understanding Profiles
    • Overview of Local Traffic Policies and ASM
    • HTTP Request Flow
    • Chapter Resources

    Lesson 3 : Web Application Concepts

    • Overview of Web Application Request Processing
    • Web Application Are Vulnerable Even with SSL
    • Layer 7 Protection with Web Application Firewalls
    • Overview of Web Communication Elements
    • Parsing URLs
    • Overview of the HTTP Request Structure
    • Method: Perform Actions on a Server
    • HTTP Methods ASM Accepts by Default
    • Comparing POST with GET
    • Risks Within Other Methods
    • Methods Enforcement for URLs
    • HTTP Response Codes
    • Examining HTTP Responses
    • HTTPUser Input Forms: Free Text Input
    • User Input Forms: Free Text Input
    • How ASM Parses File Types, URLs, and Parameters
    • Using the Fiddler HTTP Proxy
    • Chapter Resources

    Lesson 4 : Common Web Application Vulnerabilities

    • Common Exploits Against Web Applications

    Lesson 5 : Security Policy Deployment

    • Comparing Positive and Negative Security Models
    • Deployment: Combining Positive and Negative Security
    • The Deployment Workflow
    • Policy Type: How Will the Policy Be Applied
    • Policy Template: Determines the Level of Protection
    • Policy Templates: Automatic or Manual Policy Building
    • Deployment Workflow: Advanced Settings
    • Viewing Requests
    • Security Checks Offered by Rapid Deployment
    • Response Checks Using Data Guard
    • Chapter Resources

    Lesson 6 : Policy Tuning and Violations

    • Post-Deployment Traffic Processing
    • Defining Violations
    • Defining False Positives
    • How Violations are Categorized
    • Violation Rating: A Threat Scale
    • Defining Staging and Enforcement
    • Defining Enforcement Mode
    • Defining the Enforcement Readiness Period
    • Defining Learning
    • Defining Learning Suggestions
    • Choosing Automatic or Manual Learning
    • Defining the Learn, Alarm and Block Settings
    • Interpreting the Enforcement Readiness Summary
    • Configuring the Blocking Response Page
    • Chapter Resources

    Lesson 7 : Attack Signatures

    • Defining Attack Signatures
    • Creating User-Defined Attack Signatures
    • Defining Attack Signature Sets
    • Defining Attack Signature Pools
    • Updating Attack Signatures
    • Understanding Attack Signatures and Staging
    • Chapter Resources

    Lesson 8 : Positive Security Policy Building

    • Defining Security Policy Components
    • Defining the Wildcard
    • The Entity Staging Lifecycle
    • Choosing the Learning Scheme
    • How to Learn: Never (Wildcard Only)
    • How To Learn: Always
    • How to Learn: Selective
    • Reviewing the Enforcement Readiness Period: Entities
    • Violations Without Learning Suggestions
    • Defining the Learning Score
    • Defining Trusted and Untrusted IP Addresses
    • How to Learn: Compact
    • Chapter Resources

    Lesson 9 : Cookies and Other Headers

    • ASM Cookies: What to Enforce
    • Defining Allowed and Enforced Cookies
    • Configuring Security Processing on HTTP headers
    • Chapter Resources

    Lesson 10 : Reporting and Logging

    • Reporting: Build Your Own View
    • Reporting: Chart based on filters
    • Brute Force and Web Scraping Statistics
    • Viewing ASM Resource Reports
    • PCI Compliance: PCI-DSS 3.0
    • Generating a Security Events Report
    • Viewing Traffic Learning Graphs
    • Local Logging Facilities and Destinations
    • Viewing Logs in the Configuration Utility
    • Logging Profiles: Build What You Need
    • Chapter Resources

    Lesson 11 : Lab Project

    Lesson 12 : User Roles and Policy Modification

    • Defining User Roles
    • Defining ASM User Roles
    • Defining Partitions
    • Configuring User Partition Access
    • Comparing Security Policies with Policy Diff
    • Merging Security Policies
    • Editing and Exporting Security Policies
    • Restoring with Policy History
    • Examples of ASM Deployment Types
    • ConfigSync and ASM Security Data
    • ASMQKVIEW: Provide to F5 Support for Troubleshooting
    • Chapter Resources

    Lesson 13 : Advanced Parameter Handling

    • Defining Parameter Types
    • Defining Static Parameters
    • Defining Dynamic Parameters
    • Defining Dynamic Parameter Extraction Properties
    • Defining Parameter Levels
    • Other Parameter Considerations
    • Chapter Resources

    Lesson 14 : Application-Ready Templates

    • Application Templates: Pre-Configured Baseline Security
    • Chapter Resources

    Lesson 15 : Automatic Policy Building

    • Overview of Automatic Policy Building
    • Defining Templates Which Automate Learning
    • Defining Policy Loosening
    • Defining Policy Tightening
    • Defining Learning Speed: Traffic Sampling
    • Defining Track Site Changes
    • Chapter Resources

    Lesson 16 : Web Application Vulnerability Scanners

    • Integrating Scanner Output Into ASM
    • Will Scan be Used for a New or Existing Policy?
    • Importing Vulnerabilities
    • Resolving Vulnerabilities
    • Using the Generic XML Scanner XSD file
    • Chapter Resources

    Lesson 17 : Login Enforcement & Session Tracking

    • Defining a Login URL
    • Login Enforcement: Time and Logout Conditions
    • Defining Session Tracking
    • Configuring Actions Upon Violation Detection
    • Session Hijacking Mitigation
    • Why Fingerprint A Client
    • Chapter Resources

    Lesson 18 : Brute Force and Web Scraping Mitigation

    • Defining Anomalies
    • Mitigating Brute Force Attacks via Login Page
    • Defining Session-Based Brute Force Protection
    • Defining Dynamic Brute Force Protection
    • Defining the Prevention Policy
    • Defining Web Scraping
    • Defining Geolocation Enforcement
    • Configuring IP Address Exceptions
    • Chapter Resources

    Lesson 19 : Layered Policies

    • Defining a Parent Policy
    • Defining Inheritance
    • Parent Policy Deployment Use Cases
    • Chapter Resources

    Lesson 20 : Layer 7 DoS mitigation

    • Defining Denial of Service Attacks
    • Defining DoS Profile General Settings
    • Defining Proactive Bot Defense
    • Using Bot Signatures
    • Defining TPS-based DoS Protection
    • Defining Operation Mode
    • Defining Mitigation Methods
    • Defining Behavioral and Stress-Based Detection
    • Defining Behavioral DoS
    • Chapter Resources

    Lesson 21 : ASM and iRules

    • Common Uses for iRules
    • Identifying iRule Components
    • Triggering iRules with Events
    • Defining ASM iRule Events
    • Defining ASM iRule Commands
    • Using ASM iRule Event Modes
    • Chapter Resources

    Lesson 22 : Content Profiles

    • Defining Asynchronous JavaScript and XML
    • Defining JavaScript Object Notation (JSON)
    • Defining Content Profiles
    • The Order of Operations for URL Classification
    • Chapter Resources

    Lesson 23 : Review and Final Labs

    • Course Review Questions
    • Answers to Review Questions

    Lesson 24 : Additional Training and Certification

    • Getting Started Series Web-Based Training
    • F5 Instructor Led Training Curriculum
    • F5 Professional Certification Program


    Administering BIG-IP; basic familiarity with HTTP, HTML and XML; basic web application and security concepts.


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    Live Online Training

    Get the same training you expect in the classroom without leaving your office or home. These are NOT recorded classes. They are LIVE sessions with an expert instructor. We use the latest in video conferencing technologies and audio so you can confidently participate in any class just like being right there in person. We guarantee the effectiveness of our online training delivery approach that we will give you your money back if you are not totally satisfied.  Ask us for a demo.

    Online class requirements:

    • Moderate to fast Internet
    • A phone or computer headset is required in order to hear the instructor/moderator). You can use Computer Audio (VoIP) or you can dial in from a regular phone.  For convenience, we recommend a hands-free headset or phone.
    • Training software must be installed on your computer (trial versions are acceptable)
    • RECOMMENDED: Dual Monitors or computers. For optimal online learning experience, we recommend participants have dual monitors or two computers. Your online classroom credentials allow you to join multiple times from multiple computers. Participants should use one monitor or computer to view the instructor’s shared screen and another monitor or computer to work with the software.

    What happens when you enroll in an online class

    When you register for an online class, you will receive a welcome email followed by login access to the Citrix GoToTraining virtual classroom. A workbook (printed copy or eBook) will be sent to you prior to the start of class.

    Online Training Advantages

    Convenience: You don’t have to travel and can attend from your home, office or anywhere with an internet connection. Our online classes are conducted using GoToTraining, a more robust version of the popular GoToMeeting screen sharing and conferencing platform. To accommodate multiple time zones, courses are typically scheduled from 10am – 5pm Eastern with a one-hour lunch break at 12:30 – 1:30 pm Eastern and a 10-minute break in the morning and afternoon. When conducting custom online course for your group, class times can be modified to accommodate your timezone.

    Interactive Learning: Our online training is fully interactive. You can speak and chat with the instructor and classmates at any time. Various interactive techniques are used in every class. Our small class sizes (typically 4 – 8 students), allow our instructors to focus on individual performance and issues and to work closely with you to meet your unique needs. Classes are designed to be a hands-on learning experience, providing opportunities for you to try your new skills while the instructor is available for review, questions, and feedback. You have the option to give the instructor permission to view your computer to provide one-on-one assistance when needed.

    GSA Schedule: 47QTCA19D008F